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Pasta made from Chestnut flour

Ah yes, the original polenta before corn was discovered in the Columbus exchange.

The Stone Cottage Inn / now Pub (Kingston Rd)

+1 waydowntown...the International Wine and Food Society had a great Middle eastern repast there in 1974 or 1975. I could dig up the menu if I had a few hours. Nevertheless, an Armenian friend of mine said his relatives owned the place -- at least at that time...

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

From BlogTO

"Paese Ristorante on King St. has served its last meal. According to a tipster, staff at the modern-Italian restaurant were phoned on Sunday night over the Thanksgiving weekend and told that the restaurant was shutting down, effective immediately. A staffer later confirmed the closure when reached at the restaurant by phone.

The eatery, just east of Peter St., was part of King West's tourist-heavy "restaurant row", serving brunches, hearty Italian dishes, and cocktails to pre- and post-theatre crowds. If you're a local who wants to keep getting your fix of taleggio, sausage and fig pizzas, you'll have to head way north to Paese's second location at Bathurst and Wilson."

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

Hey, glad you liked it!! Thanks for writing back ... hope it does not sell out, for you to get more bottles.

Vintages Release of October 11, 2014: some notes


Pella the Vanilla Chenin Blanc 2012 WO Stellenbosch, +389619, $14.95: remarkable price for oak inflected chenin blanc (previously, steen) with some viognier. Rancio tones start to dominate because of the oaky component. 12.5% ABV, cork closure, very well balanced. QPR: 90+

1.Vincent Mothe Chablis 2012, +390468, $22.95. QPR: 89.
2.Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer 2012 CSV VQA Beamsville, +302059, $17.95: good MVC, close to Alsatian spiciness but with medium body. Nicely attained bitterish aftertaste. 14% ABV. QPR: 89.
3.Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, +686675, $18.95: tasty savvy minerality with greens, MVC leans more to salads as accompaniment. Twist top. 13% ABV. QPR: 88.
4.Argyros Assyrtiko 2013 PDO Santorini Greece, +387365, $19.95: very good citric acidity, volcanic soil and chalky. Pushing Chablis for dominance in the seafood market. QPR: 89.

1.Henry of Pelham Reserve Baco Noir 2012 VQA Ontario, +461699, $24.95. QPR: 91.
2.Rustenberg John X Merriman 2011 WO Stellenbosch, +707323, $24.95. QPR: 92.
3.Christian Moueix Saint-Emilion 2010, +979955, $23.95. QPR: 89.
4.Torrevento Vigna Redale Castel del Monte Riserva 2009 Puglia, +208256, $22.95. QPR: 91.
5.Giuseppe Campagnola Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012, +313486, $16.95: this month's candidate for the LCBO Ripasso of the Month value. QPR: 89.
6.Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2012 DO Campo de Borja, +273748, $19.95: old vines are used here, along with an ABV of 15% to plump up the juice. Red and black fruit, some chalk. QPR: 89.
7.Langa Tradicion Centenaria Garnacha 2011 DO Catalayud, +194795, $14.95: this month's candidate for the LCBO Garnacha of the Month. QPR: 90.
8.Lealtanza Reserva 2009 Rioja, +208223, $20.95. QPR: 90.
9.Muriel Gran Reserva 2004 Rioja, +984187, $24.95. QPR: 89.
10.Kaiken Terroir Series Corte Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Mendoza, +384305, $15.95: off-dry, expansive but soft cabby flavours, 14.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
11.Elderton Friends Shiraz 2011 Vineyard Series Barossa, +660480, $17.95: good body and depth, lots of Barossa power at 13.5% ABV. Some saddle leather and black fruit. Twist top. QPR: 89.
12.Chateau Peynaud 2009 Bordeaux Superieure, +391979, $16.95: bargain price for a Gold Medalist, now five years old and at its peak. Tannins are balanced and resolved. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
13.Chateau Croze de Pys Prestige Malbec Cahors 2010, +681668, $17.95: off-dry finish of caramel and vanilla suitable for North American market in the newer style of Cahors. 14.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
14.Terrulenta Schola Sarmenti Roccamora Nardo Negroamaro 2006 Puglia, +379768, $17.95: another fine bargain in an older Italian wine. 13.5% ABV. Keeping well but do drink up this year. QPR: 89.

Wine discussion from LCBO

Something a little more modest?

Spain | Javier Amescua
VINTAGES 315531 | 750 mL | $ 39.95

Spain | La Rioja Alta
VINTAGES 368373 | 750 mL | $ 39.95

Both tasted, both superb, especially at the price.

Spend the rest of your money on a Tawny Port, some 20 year old Taylor...

Wine discussion from LCBO

estufarian --

From Tony Aspler, tasted last Thursday...

Delaine Syrah 2011: dense ruby colour; dry, herbal, blackberry nose; dry, medium-bodied, savoury-herbal flavour. (88)

Lailey Syrah 2012: dense ruby colour; minerally, smoky, minerally, herbal nose; dry, elegant, northern Rhône style, firmly structured. A well-made Syrah (91)

Creekside Broken Press Syrah 2011: deep ruby colour; peppery, herbal, blackberry nose; lean but savoury flavours, firm and well structured. Good for the vintage. (89+)

From me -- Just tried the Lenko Syrah 2009, $59.95. Nope, not at that price. Maybe $25.

Wine discussion from LCBO

I think the Creekside is more in Oz mode, but still good.

Wine discussion from LCBO

The 2011 ($32.95) was in the Taste Ontario show at the ROM last Thursday. Lovely, as was Creekside Broken Press Syrah 2011 ($39.75), and Lailey 2012 ($27). Avoid Lakeview 2012 ($24.75).

Leisurely comfortable delicious lunch central Toronto?

Gallery Grill at Hart House, try the fireplace room for comfy chairs.

Wine discussion from LCBO

Niagara College Teaching Winery

Wine discussion from LCBO

Sadistick, NCT put the price of the Meritage up to $40 awhile back, and it continued to sell...It is now gone. The vintage I had was 2005. I still have 7 bottles left from a case I bought...

estufarian would like its aged complexity, it will last another couple of years, at its peak. A terrific wine, last tasted in the spring.

Wine discussion from LCBO

estufarian, You hit the nail on the head -- it is Syrah that is Canada's top grape variety for flavour and expression. The WWCC had a tasting of Kacaba Syrahs over the summer http://gothicepicures.blogspot.ca/201...

It was wonderful...The JT Delaine Syrah is also very much worth trying, as is the Lailey.

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

BTW, since there seems to be some interest in posting wine notes as they are released at Vintages, I will continue with the October 11 release next week...

As so many other writers and marketers do, here is a teaser from that release...


Pella the Vanilla Chenin Blanc 2012 WO Stellenbosch, +389619, $14.95: remarkable price for oak inflected chenin blanc (previously, steen) with some viognier. Rancio tones start to dominate because of the oaky component. 12.5% ABV, cork closure, very well balanced. QPR: 90+

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

estufarian, thanks. I have found that almost everybody who reads my stuff (since about 1976, in one form or another) or who I have done consultations for -- really only wants parking lot wines (i.e., immediate consumption at home or at restaurant). I have tried to persuade people to keep their reds another six months to a year,even the cheap stuff, with promises that it will get better -- and I get looks of incredulity.

Occasionally, someone like you would want recks for laying down for a longer term. The LCBO doesn't seem to handle too many of these, and what they do have are never put out for us. Wine writers have not freely tasted Classics Catalogue stuff for years, and only recently have begun to taste "selected" ISDs.

There is nothing much I can do about this since I only have time to taste freely offered trade wines and write them up in lean notes. My annual tastings reach over 7,500 wines of all sorts, which is about 25- 30 a day on average. Whatever strikes me gets a note.

I have my own thoughts on wines that complex nicely in a few years, but -- except for you and somebody else I remember from the past -- nobody else seems to care much these days.

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

Please say something back when you try them, especially negative. Feedback is useful. Hope you enjoy the wines jayt90.

Next up: Oct 11 release...

Atlantic Tastes in Toronto

I've been looking for fresh clams in Toronto for years, but obviously not very hard...Extremely difficult to find fresh fried whole clams...I just save my money and fly to Nove Scotia for family ties, and eat up a lot of fried clams....works every time...

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes

So far as I remember, I was not turned on by either. Certainly, they were not "bad", and could be worthy, but I think the Vrai Cailou 2009 was "better" value at $15.95.

Not very helpful, sorry...

LCBO Vintages Sept 27 release, some notes


Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling 2012 VQA Short Hills Bench Niagara, +557165, $17.95: quite a blazing riesling with intense pleasure, twist top, 11.5% ABV. Much like Rhine, off-dry finish of course, sip or food. QPR: 90.

1.Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2012 VQA Okanagan, +377770, $21.95, QPR: 90.
2.Chateau des Charmes Paul Bosc Estate Chardonnay 2012 VQA NOTL, +287268, $21.95, QPR: 91.
3.Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca, +738393, $22.95, QPR: 90.
4.Whitehaven Greg Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, +325944, $24.95. QPR: 90.
5.Perrin & Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013, +499509, $14.95: excellent value recognition for restaurants, fruity, dry stone fruit finish, begs for food. QPR: 89.
6.Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, +2144460, $18.95: softer vanilla expression of savvy because of some BF in used French oak (but not Fume Blanc style), 13.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.
7.Bestheim Reserve Pinot Gris 2012 Alsace, +315143, $15.95: good body, off-sweet, complex in a floral sense, nice crisp finish, serve not too cold. Gold Medalist. QPR: 89.
8.Monmousseau Clos Le Vigneau Vouvray 2012, +318840, $19.95: off-dry, complex finish with great body of chenin blanc fruit – without the sweetness. 12.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.

1.Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2010, +295964, $24.95. QPR: 90.
2.Balbas Reserva 2001 DO Ribera del Duero, +85183, $20.95. QPR: 91.
3.Rancourt Meritage 2009 VQA Niagara, +394106, $20: excellent production of a bordeaux-styled blend, 13% ABV, cork closure. QPR: 89.
4.Chateau Vrai Caillou 2009 Bordeaux Superieur, +348292, $15.95: I tasted this bottle 5 hours after it had been opened and the contents aerated by others as they poured an ounce or so for tasting. It had promising value at such a price level, so you will need to decant it and let it breathe for a while. 13% ABV. QPR: 89.
5.Luigi Righetti Campolieti Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2012, +695890, $17.95: perhaps the LCBO ripasso of the month...QPR: 89.
6.Leite de Faria Animus 2012 Douro, +385302, $13.95: delicious fruit-driven wine with Rhone-like complexity, priced to go. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
7.Quinta de Pancas Seleccao do Enologo 2010 Lisboa, +380931, $18.95: lots of activity going on here, being under French oak for 12 months and 13.5% ABV. A very good organic wine, with touriga nacional, merlot, cab sauv, and alicante bouschet. QPR: 89.
8.Peter Bright Terra d'Alter Reserva 2011 Vinhos Regional Alentejano, +266916, $17.95: decent wood aged wine (22 months in barrel) and 15% wallop ABV. QPR: 89.

Adega Restaurant

I've eaten there since it opened many years ago, at least once a year, always for the fish or seafood. Great but unrecognized place. In the category of "hidden jewel"...

Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

I did reviews for Toronto Life around 1985, for two years. That was a couple of owners and editors ago....My wife and I had to do two visits for each place, one was to be on weekend. Then write up the review which was edited to their style. I gave them my rating as a range.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

New worry ... Costco drops Can AmEx cards in Jan 2015


Please review my agenda. Thank you!

Good advice from everybody thus far..I can only add Gallery Grill at Hart House for lunch Mon - Fri...They are only open for lunch, and the setting is reminiscent of Oxbridge high tables...;-)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Red Tea Box has closed, sign in window...


LCBO Vintages September 13/14 release, some tasting notes

These are all Vintages releases. I have seen a few wines located in other store location places from time to time, depending on the PC or Manager's wishes for promotion.

Pricey but value wines, Vintages, Sept 13/14...

I have tasted and enjoyed these wines, all priced over $25 and ready to drink now (although some may get better). Take them to a restaurant with corkage, especially those with low or no corkage on Mon-Tues-Wed nights....

1.Stratus Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling 2011 VQA Vinemount Ridge Niagara, +241182, $35.20 retail.
2.Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2012, +732917, $35.95.
3.Chateau des Charmes Merlot 2012 St David's Bench VQA St David's Bench, +453431, $29.95.
4.Lailey Vineyard Syrah 2012 VQA Niagara River, +184523, $27.20.
5.Seglas 2006 AC Margaux, +359810, $53.95.
6.Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2008, +368910, $29.95.
7.Quintarelli Primofiore 2009 IGT Veneto, +20867, $59.95.
8.La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004 Rioja, +315531, $39.95.
9.Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas Mencia 2009 DO Bierzo Spain, +379891, $29.95.

LCBO Vintages September 13/14 release, some tasting notes


Stellenrust Wild Yeast Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011 WO Stellenbosch, +382218, $17.95: wonderfully complex, better than many chardonnays at twice this price. 13% ABV, cork closure, oaky and nutty tones which follow through right on the mid-palate and the length. Could be aged two more years. QPR: 93.

1.Rosehall Run Cuvee County Chardonnay 2011 VQA PEC, +132928, $21.95. QPR: 90.
2.Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Southern Valleys Marlborough, +663286, $20.95, QPR: 89.
3.Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musque 2012 CSV VQA Beamsville Bench, +246579, $15.95: vibrant, ripe and affordable, off-dry on the palate, in the peach mode of viognier-albarino-riesling, No oak, but dry finish. QPR: 89.
4.Flat Rock Riesling 2013 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, +43281, $16.95: another succulent riesling from Ontario, twist top, 11% ABV, but dynamite bursts on the palate. Off-dry. QPR: 91.
5.Domaine Chevallier Chablis 2012, +112227, $19.95: this now seems to be the LCBO chablis of the month, particularly for under $20. Expect orchard fruit, minerals, stony finish and lemons. QPR: 89.
6.Mallory & Benjamin Talmard Macon-Uchizy 2012, +733956, $16.95: a good basic burgundy chardonnay, affordable. Green tones (apples, peppers, lemon finish). Gold Medalist. QPR: 89.
7.Michel Gassier Les Piliers Viognier 2013, +669531, $18.95: richly aromatic, ripe orchard fruit (peaches), citric finish, better with food, good price. QPR: 89.
8.Bischofliche Weinguter Trier Dom Riesling Kabinett 2011 Mosel, +378828, $18.95: off-dry Mosel Riesling wine with mounds of flavour, 9% ABV. QPR: 89.

1.Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2012 VQA NOTL, +275958, $21.95. QPR: 90.
2.Reininger Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Walla Walla Valley Washington, +387027, $21.95. QPR: 89.
3.Cederberg Shiraz 2010 WO Cederberg South Africa, +374199, $24.95. QPR: 89.
4.Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, +134791, $20.95. QPR: 89.
5.Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2012 Anconcagua Coast Chile, +143214, $19.95: good quality pinot MVC in the New World style at an affordable price-- red fruit, mocha, some licorice, lovely finish. Cork closure. 14% ABV. QPR: 89.
6.Cantine Ferri Oblivio Nero di Troia 2008 IGT Puglia, +380600, $19.95: very good complexity for the price, red fruit and leather dominate, plus other signs of being aged. 14.5% QPR: 89.
7.Coppi Peucetico Primitivo 2007 DOC Gioia del Colle Puglia, +724674, $13.95: amazing value for a Euro Zinfandel, 13.5% ABV, and well-aged too. A real winner. QPR: 90.
8.Quinta de Pancas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Vinho Regional Lisboa, +380568, $18.95: nicely developed and aged cabby, like Bordeaux, 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
9.Luzon Seleccion 12 Meses Crianza 2008 DO Jumilla, +310219, $17.95: noteworthy blend of black fruit flavours from the monastrell, tempranillo, and cabby grapes. Full of the spirit and palates of Spain, tremendous value for the toastiness. QPR: 90,

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Penrose Fish and Chips will close next month after 65 years...

Chinatown East, Broadview and Gerrard: quality?


Chinatown East, Broadview and Gerrard: quality?

I've searched around for these places, and beyond Yelp, etc., cannot find anything useful.

Does anyone have any useful ASIATIC/INDIAN recommendations for the area? I know about Batifole...

Many thanks.